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Bank of America Introduces Digital Supply Chain Finance Platform
Bank of America is adding a supply chain module to its popular CashPro Trade platform, enabling faster processing of financial transactions for global supply chains.
National Retail Federation Seeks to ‘Close the Loop,’ Acquires Reverse Logistics Association
The National Retail Federation is acquiring the Reverse Logistics Association as it looks to bolster its circular economy expertise.
Yellow’s Demise Underscores the Need for a New Labor Relations Narrative
The bankruptcy of trucking company Yellow has attracted considerable attention since the story broke early this month. But an aspect of the story that is under-reported is how the demise of a 99-year-old trucker and the loss of an estimated 30,000...
Expanding Your Retail Horizons and How to Find the Right Fulfillment Services
Fulfillment services have largely been the domain of 3PLs, and needless to say, not all 3PLs are created equal when it comes to eCommerce expertise and omnichannel efficiency, and given the central role a fulfillment partner plays in the customer's...

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Ecommerce and Packaging, From All Angles
Top-of-mind CPG concerns around e-commerce packaging are addressed, including package design, sustainability, specialized packaging equipment, and Amazon’s...
Top 7 Retail Distribution Models, Explained
You have products to sell. And customers that want to buy them. But do you know the best...

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The Hackett Group’s “The CPO Agenda: Procurement’s Key Issues in 2013” Research Report
Of all the Hackett Key Issues Studies conducted in the last five years, the 2013 edition shows the greatest year over- last change in priorities for both performance and capability-related issues. As companies adapt their operating models to the globalized business environment, business support functions are impacted in many ways.

An Overview of Norfolk Southern’s 2012 Sustainability Report
This is Norfolk Southern’s fifth annual corporate sustainability report. It discloses the railroad’s significant environmental, economic, and social impacts to provide stakeholders a way to assess our commitment to corporate sustainability.

Restarting America’s Most Essential Operating System: Unlocking Freight
The transportation system that supports the movement of freight across America is facing a crisis. Our highways, railroads, ports, and waterways require investment well beyond current levels to maintain – much less improve – their performance. Millions of jobs and our nation’s long-term economic health are at risk.

Restarting America’s Most Essential Operating System: Unlocking Gridlock
In this first of a three-part report, Transportation Reboot describes what is changing in America and why those changes demand new transportation capacity. Future segments address the capacity increases required to meet the burgeoning freight demand, and to access the economic might of rural America.

Restarting America’s Most Essential Operating System: Connecting Communities
Rural states are essential to the nation’s success, not only to meet the needs of their own citizens, but also to maintain their part of the national network on which the U.S. economy depends. Highways across rural states also serve as a “bridge” for traffic between population centers for people and freight.

National Gateway The Future of Freight
Infrastructure enhancements such as the National Gateway are critical for rail transportation to help create jobs, promote growth and sustain the environment.

Electronic Waste “Recycler” Executive Recycling Convicted for Illegal Exports
Two executives of an electronic waste recycling company were convicted in December of smuggling, environmental crimes, mail and wire fraud, and obstruction of justice in conjunction with the illegal export of hazardous waste to China and other countries, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado. By Amber Road

Supply Chain Metrics That Matter: A Focus on Brick & Mortar Retail
Brick & mortar retailers in the grocery, mass and specialty categories have weathered tumultuous years with decreasing sales and increasing pressure from online peers. While e-commerce is not a fading trend, there exists widespread opportunity for improved performance of retail supply chains which will help brick & mortars compete in the new retail landscape.

Integrated Demand Management: When Will We Start Using Downstream Data?
The availability of downstream data has never been higher, but the efforts to use it are stalled. The answer lies in rethinking processes end-to-end to use the data. The answers fly in the face of traditional thinking and will require active stewardship by manufacturing leaders that understand why it is important to drive outside-in processes.

Questions & Answers with Vitran Corporation President and CEO Rick Gaetz
Group News Editor Jeff Berman recently spoke with Vitran Corporation President and CEO Rick Gaetz about the North American less-than-truckload (LTL) market, Vitran’s recent divestiture of its Supply Chain Operation (SCO) 3PL subsidiary, and the freight economy, among other topics.

Crocs Inc. Facing $36 Million in Fines from U.S. and Mexico
Crocs Inc., a worldwide shoe manufacturer, disclosed in its 10-K filing last week that the company may owe up to $36.2 million in fines to U.S. and Mexico Customs and taxing authorities. By Amber Road

Automated Warehouse Systems Integration
Companies positioned for growth often face a strange dilemma. The prospect of retrofitting, expanding or building a new facility is good news, but then comes the hard work of moving between operations as they are and operations as they could be. Multi-million dollar projects promise increased capabilities, but also threaten calamitous failure.

Maersk Line Connects with GT Nexus as a Cloud based e-Commerce Services Provider
Maersk Line, the world's largest ocean container shipping company, has contracted with GT Nexus to provide Maersk Line’s customers with advanced e-commerce capabilities.

Amazon Beats Apple in Battle for Supply Chain Leadership
Global poll of over 1,000 executives reveals that the e-commerce giant is more admired than its Californian rival on all major supply chain attributes except innovation.

21st Century Solutions for Sourcing Services
The organizations and authors have teamed on this white paper to drive clarity around outsourcing business models and to help procurement, outsourcing professionals and commercial managers understand and use the appropriate sourcing business model to maximize their desired outcomes.

Microsoft/Accenture OneFinance
What happens when a world-class company discovers one of its key functions is less than world class? For software giant Microsoft, the answer is simple. They fixed it. In 2006, Microsoft embarked on a complete reengineering of its major global finance processes and operations.

Kettering University & The Supply Chain Management Beer Game
Modern Supply Chain Management is a phenomenon that has developed over the past 20 years. An understanding of supply chains is important to the Kettering community. Anything we engineer or develop will require a supply chain to source, produce, and deliver to a user.

The History of the Airforwarders Association
The era of air cargo transportation began with modern aviation in the early 20th century. Airlines across the country flew freight in the late 1920s, benefiting American businesses when they needed parts or merchandise as quickly as possible. The advent of air freight also allowed businesses to keep less inventory on hand.

New Robotics Roadmap Presented to Congress
A new Roadmap for U.S. Robotics was presented to the Congressional Caucus on Robotics on March 20. The new Robotics roadmap, organized by the Robotics Virtual Organization, includes updates to the sections on manufacturing, healthcare/medical robotics, and services.

Omni Channel & Retail Shopping
During Retalix Synergy 2012, a panel of the world's top leading retailers discussed how the traditional, point-of-sale-centric store environment is evolving into a multi-channel or omni-channel model that delivers a consistent shopping experience across all customer touch points, including the retailer's website, its physical store and its mobile shopping channel.

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OLED Association
Organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs) offer great promise in displays of all sizes and shapes, and in both commercial and home lighting solutions. OLEDs, or organic electro-luminescent (OEL) devices as some call them, are already in use as mobile device…
Rainforest Alliance
The Rainforest Alliance works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travellers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in…
Adelante SCM
Adelante facilitates the sharing of ideas, knowledge, and best practices between Supply Chain and Logistics executives in a private, trusted, and solicitation-free environment. Members gain practical knowledge and advice directly from other leaders that they can apply immediately at their…
ReverseLogix is the only end-to-end, centralized and fully integrated returns management system (RMS) built specifically for retail, ecommerce, manufacturing, and 3PL organizations. Whether B2B, B2C, or hybrid, the ReverseLogix platform facilitates, manages, and reports on the entire returns…
BigCommerce is the world’s leading cloud ecommerce platform for established and rapidly-growing businesses. Combining enterprise functionality, an open architecture and app ecosystem, and market-leading performance, BigCommerce enables businesses to grow online sales with 80% less cost, time and complexity than…
Institute for Human Rights and Business
Founded in 2009, IHRB is the leading international think tank on business and human rights. IHRB’s mission is to shape policy, advance practice and strengthen accountability in order to make respect for human rights part of everyday business. IHRB’s…
University of San Diego School of Business Administration
The Supply Chain Management Institute, directed by Joel Sutherland, was created in 1999 and today has a rightly deserved reputation for supporting the development of exceptional professionals who are sought after by industry and the public sector alike. The SCMI Advisory…
Truthout works to spark action by revealing systemic injustice and providing a platform for transformative ideas, through in-depth investigative reporting and critical analysis. With a powerful, independent voice, we will spur the revolution in consciousness and inspire the direct action…
Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, the Mac and Apple Watch. Apple’s three software platforms - iOS, OS X and watchOS - provide seamless…
ToolsGroup is an innovation partner for companies who want to achieve highly accurate forecasts, outstanding customer-service levels and less global inventory. ToolsGroup provides software that analyzes demand history across multiple dimensions allowing for more reliable forecast and inventory targets to…
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